Pukaha National Wildlife Centre - Entry

Join the team at Pukaha National Wildlife Centre for six daily talks and feeding sessions with New Zealand’s best native inhabitants.

Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in a restored native forest
  • See kiwi and other native animals in their natural habitat
  • Informative and interesting wildlife experience

Not too long ago, New Zealand was known for its deafening dawn chorus and unusual wildlife found nowhere else on the planet.

Today, visitors can get a glimpse of this unique world by entering Pūkaha, a restored native forest that is home to some of the country’s most endangered species.

By stepping into this unfenced reserve you also contribute to the breeding programmes working to return the bird song across New Zealand, for the shore plover, pāteke, whio and many more. Visitors will also get to see Manukura, the only white Kiwi in captivity in the world and the hand-reared kōkako, Kahurangi.

Visitors can book a guided or Behind the Scenes tour which depart daily with advance booking. Or you can join one of four daily talks/feeds included with general admission:

11:00am Tuatara & Forgotten Fauna

12:00pm Kiwi

1:30pm Longfin (tuna) eel

3:00pm Kākā circus

You can see breeding and advocacy birds including takahe, hihi (stitchbird), kākāriki and korimako (bellbird) while the 942-hectare reserve is also home to wild North Island kākā, kereru (New Zealand pigeon), rifleman and kōkako, as well as North Island brown kiwi.

A longer walking track is also available (1.5hrs approx.) that takes you deeper into the forest. You can top off your day with a visit to the interactive gallery and Kākā Cafe, overlooking the Takahe enclosure. Just keep an eye out for the cheeky Kākā who love to beg for a bit of lunch!

Per Adult $20.00
Per Child $6.00

What's included

  • Entry to Pukaha National Wildlife Centre

Notes

  • Product Extras: Guided tour, behind the scenes tour, night tour.

    Location: 85379 State Highway 2, Masterton (2 hours drive from Wellington or Napier)

  • Child (5-15 years), Under 5 Free

Available Bookings from September 24 to September 30

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heleng6 from New Zealand wrote on 20 August 2020

Awesome

Awesome value, lovely and helpful staff, the birds are amazing, bush walk is breathtaking. Just an awesome experience overall.

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Lisa from New Zealand wrote on 13 August 2020

Bird sanctuary

We found this to be well run sanctuary where they were successfully working with endangered species & controlling pest predators. Unfortunately for us we booked for a cool wet day when a lot of the birds were sheltering but we did meet a kokako who was a character & some birds did brave the weather in the walk in flight avairy to put on a show. We did not try the 1 or 2 hour bush walks due to the weather but think they would be lovely during summer. We enjoyed the specialty bird & tuatara talks & were able to go to the theatre & watch the history of Pukaha etc.

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Helen from New Zealand wrote on 23 July 2020

Beautiful spot

Such a lovely morning walking through the beautiful bush even on a really rainy day. Very cool to see the white kiwi and we really enjoyed the walk through aviary.

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Deborah Heymans from Belgium wrote on 16 August 2020

No Kiwi's

It is a nice place, with lovely native bush forest. Unfortunately there where no kiwi's. The white kiwi was at the vet and no others where at the nocturnal house. We mainly went there to see kiwi's so I think they maybe should put something on their website to let people know.

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Caitlin Kilpin from New Zealand wrote on 21 February 2020

A wonderful day out!

Would recommend to anyone wanting to experience New Zealand wildlife

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